The Global Women's Caucus feminist reading group is pleased to announce its next pick, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.
At the end of a transformative year in the struggle for racial equality, this discussion will engage participants who are looking to expand their awareness of how racism shapes American systems and the world at large, including individual lives.
Isabel Wilkerson is the Pulitzer Prize winning writer of The Warmth of Other Suns.
In “Caste”, she uses "an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people to show how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings."
Thanks to all who joined our discussion of "Good and Mad." We hope this discussion can go even deeper! We look forward to seeing you there!
When: Dec. 6, 2020, 2 p.m. CET
This is an online event.WHENDecember 06, 2020 at 8am
Dear Senator xxxxxxxxx,
I hereby urge you to vote against the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
She is certainly an able judge, but she does not represent the will of the people of the United States and you have a constitutional duty to follow the will of the people.
We, the people of the United States, have stated time and time again that we want the next President to choose the replacement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
If Mr Trump is reelected (God help us), he will have plenty of time to request her confirmation. However, if he loses, it should be President Biden who makes the choice.
Don’t be a hypocrite: when President Obama nominated Merrick Garland on March 16, 2016, Mitch McConnell declared any appointment by the sitting President to be null and void.
He clearly stated that the next Supreme Court justice should be chosen by the next President to be elected later that year.
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
Your blatant power play to stack the court in record time and is a reflection of your lack of any moral fiber.
You should be ashamed to vote for her confirmation.
Your vote will be remembered.
Salli Swartz published Hearings on the confirmation of Amy Comet Barrett in News 2020-10-12 09:47:13 -0400
The hearings on the confirmation of Amy Comet Barrett commence on Monday.
If you have not already done so (and even if you have), please write to your Senators and tell them to STOP THIS HEARING until the inauguration.
We drafted a template for your use. Please visit the Reproductive Justice page.
Salli Swartz published Trump & His Allies Attack Women's Access in Reproductive Justice 2020-10-10 15:04:13 -0400
Not only is Trump taking away our rights in the United States, but he's suppressing access to heathcare and reproductive rights around the world.
From a great article in Mother Jones:
“Over the past three years, President Trump has decimated funding to family planning groups across sub-Saharan Africa, leaving many fighting to survive. More quietly, he has also planted far-right ideologues as the heads of federal agencies crafting international policy on the rights of women and bolstered the work of nongovernmental organizations seeking to make abortion illegal worldwide.”
This is not “fake news”. Read the article and fight for our rights!
Salli Swartz published Senator Casey Responds to Letter Campaign in Reproductive Justice 2020-10-10 05:49:34 -0400
As part of the “contact your senator” campaign posted on the DA GWC website, I wrote to my two Pennsylvania U.S. Senators, one Republican (Pat Toomey) and one Democrat (U.S. Senator Bob Casey).
Democratic Senator Casey’s office very quickly sent a response. Senator Toomey's office has yet to respond.
Please do your part. Please contact your Senator. Please tell them to do all they can to stop the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Salli Swartz published DAUK WC & GWC Activist Lunch in Reproductive Justice 2020-10-08 11:01:44 -0400
The DA UK WC along with the DA GWC held an activist lunch over zoom on October 8, 2020.
Here is Salli Swartz’ presentation concerning Reproductive Rights: Roe v Wade and Where we are Today.
It’s a short history of Roe with an update on the views of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. To read the Where We Are Today presentation, click here.
Please remember to write and/or call your Senators to oppose a vote on her confirmation to the Supreme court until after we have a new (blue) President.Read more
Salli Swartz published A love letter to Ruth, and a call to action in News 2020-09-20 05:33:47 -0400
It is with a heavy heart and teary eyes that I write of the passing of the foremost American lawyer,supporter and guiding light for women’s rights, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
There is not a woman in the United States, regardless of her politics, whose life, career and security has not been defended and supported by the work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
We are all in her debt, young and old, Democrat or Republican.
Justice Ginsburg's life is a story of perseverance, brilliance and dedication. The indignities she endured as woman lawyer are still present in our fight for equality today, despite her heroic, continued and consistent fight against such indignities and inequalities
And, we are still fighting for equal pay, equal rights and family paid leave. We are still fighting for paid maternity leave. We are still fighting for equal health care and reproductive equal rights and justice. In short, we are and still must, fight for equality.
I cannot speak about her passing and how tragic it is in so many ways without quoting our beloved President Obama who said most eloquently:
“Over a long career on both sides of the bench -- as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist -- Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn't about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn't only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It's about who we are -- and who we can be,"
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That's how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored. Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn't fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.
A basic principle of the law -- and of everyday fairness -- is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what's convenient or advantageous in the moment."
And from the Chief Justice Roberts himself:
"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice."
Justice Ginsburg spoke often about the discrimination she faced herself when she graduated from law school in 1959 and could not find a clerkship. I have been present for many of her speeches and have met her personally at the Supreme Court.
She was amused by the swag that appeared praising her work, including a "You Can't have the Truth, Without Ruth».
What can and should we do without her presence? Where can we find hope to carry us through these dark days?
"It makes absolute sense that Justice Ginsburg has become an idol for younger generations," Justice Elena Kagan said at an event at the New York Bar Association in 2014. "Her impact on America and American law has been extraordinary."
"As a litigator and then as a judge, she changed the face of American anti-discrimination law," Kagan said. "She can take credit for making the law of this country work for women and in doing so she made possible my own career."
Let us remember with lucidity her dying wish:
"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
Justice Ginsburg, even after her fifth diagnosis of cancer, was working on a book with one of her former clerks, Amanda Tyler, based on her life on gender equality (to be published in 2021).
In our fight for gender equality and specifically for the ERA, let us remember all she did for us, American women, and carry on her fight for equality. We will never forget you, Ruth, and we will carry on your fight starting with the politic fight now created by Mitch McDonnell to erase all you have done by trying to force through your replacement.
Ruth may have left this world, but she left it with fighting words and her legacy as a determined femninist. We owe it to Ruth to continue the fight.
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